|Publication number||US7421286 B1|
|Application number||US 11/040,452|
|Publication date||Sep 2, 2008|
|Filing date||Jan 24, 2005|
|Priority date||Jan 24, 2005|
|Publication number||040452, 11040452, US 7421286 B1, US 7421286B1, US-B1-7421286, US7421286 B1, US7421286B1|
|Inventors||Silvia G. Sisto|
|Original Assignee||Sisto Silvia G|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (7), Classifications (18), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to phone call indicating devices and more particularly pertains to a new phone call indicating device for allowing a person to place a remote unit on a watch or in a pocket which vibrates when their cellular phone vibrates.
2. Description of the Prior Art
The use of phone call indicating devices is known in the prior art. U.S. Pat. No. 4,421,953 describes a device that includes a transmitter electrically coupled to a telephone which emits a radio signal to be received by a detector carried by a person to signal them in a non-audible manner that the telephone is receiving a call. Another type of phone call indicating device is U.S. Pat. No. 4,833,709 which comprises a remote signaling device which again receives a signal from a telephone. The remote signaling device is in the shape of a toy which moves or makes audible signals when the signal is received.
While these devices fulfill their respective, particular objectives and requirements, the need remains for a device that allows a person to receive a remote signal when their mobile phone cannot be hear or felt, such as when it is in vibrate mode. This is particularly useful for times when the mobile phone is in a jacket pocket or in a purse. Additionally, the device should be retrofittable to existing mobile phones and have the ability to detect the vibrations of the mobile phone so that the device need not be electrically coupled directly to the mobile phone.
The present invention meets the needs presented above by generally comprising a vibration detection assembly adapted for detecting vibrations and sending a wireless signal when vibrations are detected. The vibration detection assembly is removably attached to the mobile phone. A vibrating assembly is adapted for receiving the wireless signal from the vibration detection assembly and vibrating when the wireless signal is received.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
The objects of the invention, along with the various features of novelty which characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure.
The invention will be better understood and objects other than those set forth above will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:
With reference now to the drawings, and in particular to
As best illustrated in
A vibrating assembly 24 is adapted for receiving the wireless signal from the vibration detection assembly 12 and vibrating when the wireless signal is received. The vibrating assembly 24 may be removably attached to a back side of a wristwatch 34. The vibrating assembly 24 includes a compartment 26 that has a width less than ½ inch. The compartment 26 is disc shaped for the comfort of a user carrying the compartment 26. A receiver 28 is mounted in the compartment 26 and is adapted for receiving the wireless signal. An oscillating member 30 is electrically coupled to the receiver 28. The oscillating member 30 is turned on when the receiver 28 receives the wireless signal so that the compartment 26 vibrates. An adhesive 32 is positioned on the compartment 26 so that it may be removably secured to the wristwatch 34.
In use, the system 10 allows a person to place their mobile phone 14 on vibrate mode and then place the mobile phone 14 in a place not on their body, such as in a purse. The compartment 26 may then be placed on the back of a watch, or in a pocket, to signal the person should they not feel or hear the mobile phone 14. When the mobile phone 14 vibrates, a signal is sent from the transmitter 22 to the receiver so that the oscillating member 30 vibrates the compartment 26 to signal the person that they need to answer their mobile phone 14.
With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.
Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||455/557, 455/344, 379/433.01, 455/567, 379/433.1, 455/550.1, 63/21, 455/66.1, 156/66, 63/25, 156/60|
|Cooperative Classification||H04M1/7253, G08B6/00, Y10T156/10, H04M19/04|
|European Classification||G08B6/00, H04M19/04|
|Oct 28, 2011||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Apr 15, 2016||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Sep 2, 2016||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Oct 25, 2016||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20160902